There are many motivating factors for people to travel. Experience different cultures, try new foods, make new friends and the list goes on but as humans we are very visual. With every person having a camera on their phone, we are all amateur photographers and we spend a lot of time looking at images of all variety and if you’re into traveling, you’re looking at pictures of cities and landmarks. This is normal to run into especially when you have a place in mind to go to but you want to research it more. No problem, go on Instagram for pictures or Google Images to see what these places look like. One thing has become very evident after traveling to some of these places, a lot of pictures that are floating around are edited.
I’ve been very fortunate in my life the past couple of years. I’ve made the right career moves, looked out for myself when I needed to and made life changing decisions to put me in the position I am now to start to travel. I say this because the beginning of my journey starts in my favorite city Berlin. A city that I’ve officially stayed at 4 times in a year. Every time I try to go somewhere else, I get drawn back in.
After my Germany trip in the Spring, I decided to do another trip in October and really wanted to hang out with Ruben, someone I met in Munich who is from Amsterdam. We planned it out and finally the time had come for us to meet again.
Tomorrow I fly out of Newark Airport for my 16 night Euro Trip. I’m going to 4 countries and 6 cities (Berlin, Budapest, Lisbon, Porto, Barcelona and Madrid). I decided to share what I have packed for this trip.
You ever have that feeling of deja vu? I swear I have it every time I tell a friend that I’m going to Berlin and their response is inevitably “Again?”…yes AGAIN. I never have a chance to really explain in detail why I love Berlin and why I keep going back to this wonderful city. First let me state that I’m biased to Germany in general. I took an interest in the German language which led for me to meet native German speakers and to eventually go to Germany. Even with me being biased, I still have great reasons why Berlin should be somewhere on your shortlist if you’re planning to go to Europe.
It’s been over a year of traveling and my experiences have been life changing for me. I’ve met so many people and I told myself that I’ll do my best to keep those relationships no matter where they may be from. While I was in Munich, one of the cool people I met was a guy named Ruben from Amsterdam. He mentioned he never went to Berlin so when I proposed the idea of partying in Berlin for the weekend, he was game.
Of course while I’m in Europe, I want to see other places. I recently found out that I had more time off I can use this year…so I decided to do another 16 night bounce around Europe like I did last year.
So here is the game plan:
Day 9 – Last full day in Germany and I really enjoyed myself. Today I walked through the tourist area and took a panaramic picture of the Brandenburg Gate as well.
Afterwards I went back to Kreuzberg and had some Austrian Wiener Schnitzel as recommended by a friend. It was my first and it was very good.
Resting for now. Might go out tonight, we shall see. Enjoy the pictures.
Day 8 – Best decision I made was to come back to Berlin for the last couple of nights.
So it’s official, Berlin is my favorite European City. So multicultural, it’s a young, vibrant and interesting city. I’ve never had anything bad to eat in this city either lol.
With me losing my euro cellphone, I decided to buy another one. Found a cheap one but it has new features like panaramic picture taking.
After a little sightseeing, I had Lebanese food with my roommate and then met up with my new friend Kylo and his band mates for beer. Had a great time once again. Enjoy the pictures.
Day 3 (Continued) – I went to the Irish themed pub to watch the Arsenal vs Manchester United game and was a good time.
So tonight is my last night in Berlin. In the morning Im taking a train to Munich and will be staying in a hostel while Im there.
Berlin is a great place. People are nice, lots of good food, very multicultural, terrific night life and lots of history.